Saturday, August 7, 2010
"Practical Journal Pages"
In my Art Journals I always like to squeeze in a page here and there with images I can use to create fun things with. I like to call them my "Practical Journal Pages". Sometimes my journal pages can be turned into prints as well especially when the text is suitable. To make a living as an artist is tricky for me, I have the name starving artist written across my forehead. Not only do I find it extremely difficult to sell my own work, I also have zero business sense. It literally doesn't jive with my brain and it sucks the fun right out of my art. When I am painting, I can work towards an art show or work to have them displayed in a gallery but that usually leads to one style and I like to try new things all the time. When I'm working in my art journal there is no pressure and I can really have fun with it. I am also a very practical person so creating practical items with a unique look to them is kind of what comes naturally for me. I am thankful for my Etsy Shop because it really allows me to make things available without having to do all the dirty work of going in and out of places trying to get them to love my work. Wouldn't it be nice is every artist had a sidekick manager to go out and do all that for them. That would be ideal because all I ever really want to do is create!! Teaching art is also something I really love to do. I get a huge amount of satisfaction out of teaching my students and then seeing what they produce from the techniques I've taught them. This is why Art Journaling is so amazing!!
This is a "Practical Journal Page" I created that I'm using to create some more fun and unique hair brushes. I used one of my funky fonts to do the lettering along the bottom of the page. The second photo shows some hair brushes and a few journal covers that are still in progress. I'm hoping these items will do well at the Art Festival I'm in, in October. I think they make wonderful gifts for people. Does anyone else make practical journal pages?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!